(Contributed by: Kassandra R. and Evans S.) Technology: FaceTime is Apple’s video and audio Calling service. It is a phone that uses your Wi-Fi or cellular data instead of traditional phone lines. You can use it from any Apple product such as, the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac to call anyone else using one... Continue Reading →


Captioning on Glass (CoG)

(Contributed by: Rachael A.) Technology:  Captioning on Glass (CoG) (For Android, Syncs with Google Glass) Invented by: Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology When it was invented: September 2014 What it does: the hearing individual speaks into the phone with the opened COG app.  The captioning is sent (for free) to the wearer’s google glass. ... Continue Reading →

Mobile VRS

(Contributed by Joan B.) About Migrating from videophones, sign language users can now use their mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and phones to make VRS calls. An article that was reprinted on the Sorenson VRS website[4] states that “it is now possible to have access to Video Relay Services (VRS) no matter where you... Continue Reading →

Youtube Captioning

(Contributed by: Ransom Q.) Technology:  YouTube Captioning First activated: September 19, 2006 [2] Inventors: Ken Harrenstien (deaf) and Google Team [1] How does it work? The original model used a text file with text and time stamps to show when the text should appear and disappear. Over the years there have been many improvements from... Continue Reading →


(Contributed by: Jacob R. and Emily R.) What is the technology? UNI [2] Who were the contributors? The UNI was created by the company MotionSavvy INC. This company was founded entirely by deaf students from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The primary mission of the company... Continue Reading →


(Contributed by: Leah C.,Ryan H., Kristina M., Gretchen P.) Technology:​ Ava When: ​November ​2016 [1] Inventor/Company: ​Ava is a team made up of diverse hearing and Deaf individuals located around the world, consisting of the three founders: Thibault Duchemin Pieter Doevendans Skinner Cheng Where: ​The app was developed at the University of California at Berkeley... Continue Reading →

NOAA Weather Radio

(Contributed by Frank M.) Technology: NOAA Weather Radio When: SAME protocol (2000)[1] Inventor: Several companies produce specifically package weather radios for the Deaf and Hard of hearing. Although it was William Shaw who first invented the vibration alarm clock. How does it Work:  These weather radios are used to alert deaf and hard of hearing... Continue Reading →


(Contributed by: Charmina S.) Technology: iCommunicator Inventor: Michael F. Dorety When Invented: March 2005 Where: iCommunicator software is from Interactive Solution Inc, Sarasota, Florida What purpose does the technology serve? “The iCommunicator solution provides users with the first software that enables fluent two-way communication between people who are hard of hearing or deaf and the... Continue Reading →


(Contributed by: Kristian C.) Name:                        Skype                                                    Invented:        Company - 2003 by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis Software - 2003 by Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn   Purpose: It... Continue Reading →

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